Astute Border Collie Memorizes Disc Golf Course After First Run-Through Laughing Squid. Better than the title.
[ RIFFUSION ] (David L)
ChatGPT: the stunningly simple key to the emergence of understanding Medium (David L)
Popular red food coloring triggers gut inflammation in mice New Atlas (furzy)
The first Romantics aeon
In '21 we published that Covid was reminiscent of autoimmune disease & marked by immune dysregulation https://t.co/Y6OFKXl5JW
Recently Covid was added to the list of Autoimmune diseases
— Anthony J Leonardi, PhD, MS (@fitterhappierAJ) December 19, 2022
Effectiveness of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Bivalent Vaccine MedRxiv (preprint)
China has studied Western coverage of the Ukraine conflict:
— Reuters (@Reuters) December 21, 2022
— Prashant Dhawan (@DhawanPrasant) December 21, 2022
Other Viruses Run Amok
RATIONING FEVER MEDICINE—Major pharmacies CVS, Walgreens are limiting sales of child pain & fever medication amid high demand. ➡️This will get worse—Pharmacies are running low of such meds across US and Canada and parts of Europe. Even China has shortage. https://t.co/e5tfmcGKfu pic.twitter.com/9t2zqVjkWP
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) December 20, 2022
EPA Tightens Rules on Pollution From Vans, Buses and Trucks New York Times (Kevin W)
Philippines ‘concerned’ over China’s reclaimed land in disputed sea Bangkok Post (furzy)
The Chinese Civil Examinations Inference (Anthony L)
Canada firmly dips its toe in Indo-Pacific waters Asia Times (Kevin W)
Corruption scandal ‘damaging’ to EU credibility, says Charles Michel Politico. Yet nary a mention of Ursula von der Leyen
The government cannot win the NHS pay dispute Richard Murphy
New Not-So-Cold War
Ukraine war: Volodymyr Zelensky visits front-line city of Bakhmut BBC. Given the condition of Bahkmut, one would have to have a very expansive definition of its municipal limits for Zelensky to have plausibly visited it. Notice the tight shot in an indoor setting. Lambert had a gander and other images apparently similar. Nevertheless, as Alexander Mercouris underscored, this stunt signifies that Ukraine is doubling down on its intent to hold Bakhmut. That must be music to General Surovikin’s ears.
Zelensky set to visit Washington in first overseas trip since Russian invasion Sydney Morning Herald (Kevin W)
▪️The meeting between Biden and Zelensky is scheduled to discuss the strategic battlefield situation, sanctions, and aid to Ukraine.
▪️The White House says the US is not seeking a direct confrontation with Moscow and will not go to the trouble of sending its forces to Ukraine.
— AZ 🛰🌏🌍🌎 (@AZgeopolitics) December 21, 2022
Olaf Scholz’s foreign policy manifesto in ‘Foreign Affairs’ magazine Gilbert Doctorow
Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova’s answer to a media question in connection with State Department Spokesperson Ned Price saying Russia is guilty of making Russia-US relations worse The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (amfortas)
Big Brother is Watching You Watch
Police seize on Covid-19 tech to expand global surveillance Associated Press
Finally, An $11.5k Alexa-Enabled Toilet The Verge (Dr. Kevin)
Imperial Collapse Watch
You’re Not Actually Helping When You “Support” Protesters In Empire-Targeted Nations Caitlin Johnstone (Kevin W)
Our No Longer Free Press
FBI paid Twitter $3.5M ‘to do its bidding’: Taxpayers’ money was used for ‘processing requests’ from the bureau amid Hunter Biden censorship scandal – as anger grows over secret state censorship of the American people Daily Mail
Twitter Aided the Pentagon in its Covert Online Propaganda Campaign Lee Fang, Intercept
Musk Will Resign as Twitter CEO and Focus on Engineering Bloomberg. But remember: Who Cares Whether Elon Musk Is CEO of Twitter? He OWNS It. Intercept
OneCoin Co-Founder Pleads Guilty To $4 Billion Fraud The Register
Wells Fargo to Pay Record CFPB Fine to Settle Allegations It Harmed Customers Wall Street Journal. Note this settles only CFPB claims.
Power has poisoned academia Unherd
Antidote du jour (marcy):
A bonus (carolyn w):
Sea Anemone escaping from a starfish using an… interesting method.
An effective reminder that sea anemones are animals. pic.twitter.com/SKhlHEKKFd
— Curious Archive (@curious_archive) April 24, 2022
And a second bonus (furzy):
Rudolph warming up for take off.. 😅 pic.twitter.com/Dl6CSIMKbE
— Buitengebieden (@buitengebieden) December 20, 2022
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.